Mary Fletcher's class list

Five facts about Mary Fletcher

1) Mary was married to Methodist preacher John Fletcher whose portrait hangs opposite where her class list is on display.

2) Mary Fletcher was good friends with Sarah Ryan, housekeeper of the New Room.

3) It was in Methodist class groups where women and working classes found status otherwise denied to them.

4) Wesley insisted that Methodists regularly attend their local parish church as well as Methodist meetings. He did not want Methodism to become a ‘break away’ movement.

5) Christians up and down the country still meet in small groups to pray, read the Bible and encourage one another in their faith.

About the class list

Classes in Methodism are small groups of members who meet regularly to study the Bible and pray together. They are supported and led by a class leader. This is the Tuesday class list of Mary Fletcher, a preacher credited with persuading John Wesley to allow women to preach in public. She came from an affluent background but rejected her privileged lifestyle upon becoming a Methodist. She was highly involved in charity work throughout her life and led countless meetings. Known as a ‘Mother of Israel’, this Methodist term of honour celebrated her work in spreading the gospel across the country.

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in the common room drawers, top drawer left hand side

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